6/23/2017 0 Comments
Summer at your House
Summer is here, and the housing market is doing it’s normal summer dance, perhaps even faster and vigorously! And if you're looking to buy or sell, you may be jumping into this wild conga line. BUT, you don't need to stress ... you have the O'Reilly Home Team!
Yeah, you've got us going to work for you so you can make some lemonade and put your feet up while you switch on the TV and watch the middling .500 baseball of our 2017 Texas Rangers! Give us a call at 214-289-6176 and let us deal with the swirling market.
If you're thinking about your house, here are some Ups for summer. Tips for your AC: **Keep constant humidity. Consider running the AC a bit, even when you’re at work or out having fun. Don’t let the temperature fluctuate more than 10 degrees – most will find 70 to 80 degrees to be the ideal zone. You can also help out your AC system by closing blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out during the day. **Remember to change your filter every 30 or 180 days, depending on filter type.**Pour a 50-50 bleach and water mixture in the condensate line every six months, or as needed to keep it from becoming clogged. **Leave the serious air condiUoner maintenance work to the professionals. Purchase a maintenance agreement from your HVAC contractor who can perform semi-annual checks and cleaning.
Tips for watering (founda;on and yard):
Water restricUons do exist in our DFW area, so start by paying acenUon to them. Check in with your municipality to determine when you’re allowed to water, and whether soaker hoses and hand watering can be done anyUme. Check your sprinkers and their zones and make sure everything is in working order so that when you are using water, it’s all going to the places you’re expecUng it to flow.
In the Texas heat, watering your foundaUon with a soaker hose can help.
This will keep the soil moist, helping to prevent your home from secling.
Make sure your soaker hose is around 18 inches from the foundaUon.
It’s also a good idea to water around fence posts, with soaker hoses or by
hand watering, to keep the soil moist; otherwise, fence posts may start to lean. And another summer landscaping maintenance Up: don’t transplant flowers or shrubs in the heat of the summer months. If there’s a garden space you’d like to fill, now’s the Ume to plant summer flowers. Check with a local nursery for the best plants for now.
And, Go through and give the details some love. Tips for Home Maintenance:
**Touch up caulking in kitchens and bathrooms – running the heat during the colder-than-usual winter may have caused seals to shrink or crack. **Fix sUcking doors that have expanded due to humidity – just apply a licle elbow grease and sandpaper. Repaint the sanded area to protect it against moisture.* *Touch-up paint on joints or walls that cracked in winter. **Check to see if the weather stripping and thresholds on exterior doors need adjusUng to help keep out the heat.
And then, OHT Community, make sure to tune back in to your baseball team, hovering everso thinly right at .500. Or pick Stephen Curry or Lebron to cheer for and tune in to the NBA. Becer yet, go watch a summer sunset. We’ll be in our office drawing up the paperwork. :)
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